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Posted on 11/09/2011 10:35:59 AM PST by Colofornian
He was the last victim, that we know of, to come forward.
But in many ways, he was the first.
He was one of the first with enough courage to say something. To stick around for three years while police and a grand jury talked to dozens of people and combed through thousands of documents.
To hang on emotionally.
To take a stand against a Goliath. A legend. A man that some saw as a god.
He was the first to be believed. Authorities even call him Victim One.
The mother of the Clinton County boy is telling her family story. Its a story that launched a three-year grand jury investigation that resulted in sexual assault charges against former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, allegedly involving eight boys.
Im very proud of him, the mother said of her son, on the brink of adulthood and at the heart of what some are calling the biggest scandal in college sports.
Hes a brave kid, she said. And his major concern in the whole thing was for anybody else. That was his big thing. He said, I just dont want this to happen to anybody else.
And now he knows that hes not alone.
Ten years before he came forward, another child, now 24, had also spoken up. He wasnt believed. Allegations he made against Sandusky about touching during a shared shower at Penn State in 1998 never resulted in charges.
Sandusky, through his attorney, denies all the charges. Attorney Joe Amendola, said Sandusky attributes the allegations to troubled kids who are acting out.
Im so upset, said the mom of the 24-year-old, who authorities are calling Victim Six. My son is extremely distraught, and now to see how we were betrayed, words cannot tell you. To see that Graham Spanier is putting his unconditional support behind Curley and Shultz when he should be putting his support behind the victims, it just makes them victims all over again.
Shes talking about the perjury and failure-to-report charges filed against former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and resigned Vice President of Business and Finance Gary Schultz.
Prosecutors allege the administrators ignored a 2002 report from a graduate assistant identified by sources as Mike McQueary that he saw Sandusky having sex with a young boy in a shower.
McQueary, now an assistant coach for the Nittany Lions football team, went to his father first, then to coach Joe Paterno.
I dont even have words to talk about the betrayal that I feel, said the mom of Victim Six. [McQueary] was a grown man, and he saw a boy being sodomized ... He ran and called his daddy?
As media from around the country descended on Happy Valley on Monday to dig into the allegations and the details of a possible cover-up, the two mothers decided to talk to The Patriot-News.
Both said they dont want their sons stories to get lost in the scandal.
Victim One met Sandusky through the Second Mile a charity for needy children that Sandusky started and quickly got drawn into his world of big-time college football: gifts, trips, sporting events, and hanging out with a guy who seemed to be loved by everyone.
But his mother said it came at a price.
The Patriot-News will not identify either women or their sons in keeping with our policy not to name victims of sexual assault. The mother of Victim One specifically asked that other media respect her request for no more interviews.
She brought the psychologist who has been helping her son cope with the trauma to the interview.
Almost from day one, psychologist Michael Gillum has met regularly with the boy and counseled him through the protracted police investigation.
A few weeks before her son broke down and confessed to a principal at Central Mountain High School in Clinton County that he was being molested by Jerry Sandusky a volunteer football coach at his high school his mother began to suspect something was wrong.
First, it was because her son was acting out. When she grounded him, she said Sandusky demanded he be able to take care of it.
I said, No way, hes my kid, she said.
Then, her son began asking her about an online database for sex weirdos.
You dont want to just accuse people of that, the mother said. I called the school principal and the guidance counselor and said, if nothing else, hes taking my son out of classes. Hes leaving the school with him. ... So I asked them to call him into the office and ask [my son] how he felt.
They did call him to the office that day and I remember [the principal] was in tears and she said, You need to come here right away.
Her son, then 15, broke down and told them what happened.
They told me to go home and think about what I wanted to do, and I was not happy, she said. They said I needed to think about how that would impact my son if I said something like that. I went home and got [my son] and we came to [Children and Youth Services] immediately.
Officials at Central Mountain High School have said they immediately reported the abuse, and Attorney General Linda Kelly praised them for doing the right thing.
The boys story would evolve over the next few weeks as he was interviewed by police. Thats not atypical for sex cases involving teens, Gillum said.
Its essentially peeling back the layers of an onion, Gillum said. Because its so humiliating. Its so much mental anguish. ... They typically want you to know something inappropriate happened, then there was a progression where boundaries were violated.
But sometimes it takes time for the victim to get it all out.
Thats something Sanduskys attorney Joe Amendola points to in defense.
He said it appears someone coaxed this victim into embellishing his story because it changed from groping to more graphic sex acts.
Gillum called it a typical defense tactic.
"They will imply ... that I must have led the witness, he said. But when youre specialized in children and adolescent child abuse, youre trained to make sure you wouldnt compromise the evidence.
Victim Six cried when he read the 23-page grand jury presentment released Saturday, his mother said. And not for himself.
He had no idea how bad it was, she said. He was lucky. He only had that one contact with him.
It allegedly happened in May 1998, following a tour of the football locker rooms. Her son and another boy, both 11, shared a shower with Sandusky.
When he got home he said, If youre wondering why my hair is wet, we took a shower together, and ran into his room, his mom recalls.
She called police.
But after a six-week investigation that included the mother confronting Sandusky in her home as police listened in the other room, Sandusky was cleared.
Then-Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar decided there wasnt enough evidence.
And youre going to tell me that Spanier and Paterno werent informed of something that was that huge that Ray Gricar was in on it but Spanier was kept in the dark? she said. Im just not that stupid. Im so upset I just cant believe it.
Paternos son, Scott, has said that lawyers for Penn State assured him his father was never told about the 1998 report investigated by university police.
Its unclear from the presentment if Spanier knew. However, Schultz, who was in charge of the police force, acknowledged knowing about it.
When the mother confronted Sandusky, he said: I understand. I was wrong. I wish I could get forgiveness. I know I wont get it from you. I wish I were dead, according the presentment from the grand jury.
An investigator for Children and Youth Services broke the news to the mother: It was all a big mistake, the mother said she was told. The police officer who investigated wont comment. Neither will the former police chief.
Jerry Sandusky admitted to my face, he admitted it, the mother said. He admitted that he lathered up my son they were naked and he bear-hugged him. If they would have done something about it in 1998, and then again in 2002 there was two chances they dropped the ball and I think they should all be held accountable.
Her son, she said, cant stop thinking about Victim One.
That poor child, she said. My heart is like breaking for this boy and his family. And what about all the boys we dont know about? They could have all been saved.
The only semblance of comfort their family has had in the last three days is from community support.
At last, my family and I are believed, she said. Because they tried to make my son and the other boy out to be liars.
Every day was a struggle
Finding the courage to come forward was supposed to be the hardest part.
We expected you just arrest people who do stuff like that, Victim Ones mom said. We didnt realize it was going to be this difficult and take this long.
The three-year investigation eventually ended with a grand jury finding that Sandusky had eight victims two of them had long-term relationships with Sandusky and six involved shared showers in Lasch Building at Penn State, which houses the football program.
I am upset that it took this long, but I also realize that the more people they find, the less impact its going to have on my son ... and its only going to help everybody else, the mom said.
Hearing that he wasnt alone was a challenge of emotions for her son.
He wasnt happy that it happened to somebody else, she said.
But in a way, there was some relief: more chance that he would be believed.
It was very hard to keep their cool, to keep the allegations a secret, and not talk to anyone. But they did it.
When the arrests were announced Saturday, and the family learned that two Penn State officials had known about a prior incident and didnt report it to police, she flipped out.
Im infuriated that people would not report something like that, she said. I still cant believe it. Im appalled. Im shocked. Im stunned. Theres so many words. Im very mad. They could have prevented this from happening.
Her son has accused Sandusky of four years of abuse, and it started not long after Curley and Schultz were notified of a abuse report in 2002.
The attorney general has said their inaction allowed Sandusky to molest this boy.
His mom said he knows that.
Hes very angry, she said. I just cant fathom how anybody could do that. When I read the indictment, I was very shocked that there was so many people that didnt do anything ... and there had to be more people covering it up, I think, for him to get away with it for this long.
When her son first came forward, every day was a struggle. There was this overwhelming feeling of deception. Sandusky was supposed to be a role model.
In the beginning, it was extremely upsetting. I was so shocked. It got so bad we didnt know what to do, she said. [He] is really, really afraid of Jerry. He told me numerous times when he started backing away from him, you just cant tell him no. I said, why not?
Her son replied, You just dont do that.
His attorney was saying how these disadvantaged children, you cant trust them ... because they come from low income. I dont think that has any bearing on anything, she said. I was warned that is what this basically would be about, because kids in The Second Mile are basically disadvantaged.
In the first page of their presentment, grand jurors noted that, too. They accused Sandusky of using the charity to find his victims, many of whom were vulnerable due to their social situations.
Obviously its a price that the brave victim pays, Gillum said.
From the article: He was one of the first with enough courage to say something. To stick around for three years while police and a grand jury talked to dozens of people and combed through thousands of documents. To hang on emotionally. To take a stand against a Goliath. A legend. A man that some saw as a god. He was the first to be believed. Authorities even call him Victim One.
From the article: McQueary, now an assistant coach for the Nittany Lions football team, went to his father first, then to coach Joe Paterno. I dont even have words to talk about the betrayal that I feel, said the mom of Victim Six. [McQueary] was a grown man, and he saw a boy being sodomized ... He ran and called his daddy?
Way to "supervise" your assistant coaches, Paterno. Derelict of duty. Even if they did the "right thing" in the short run, life isn't lived in the "short run."
McQueary, Paterno, the AD, the VP, the President all flunked basic Humanitarian Ethics 101. Remove the whole bunch; lock away some of them.
What is appalling is that they all knew Sandusky had continued access to kids thru the Second Mile Foundation, its sports camps, and additional camps Sandusky ran thru Sandusky Associates. See:
Parents, if you had kids who attended sports camps @ any of these universities between 1994-2008, start talking to them to see if they were victimized:
* Penn State Erie (Penn State Behrend),
* Penn State Harrisburg [Penn State Capital College in Middletown]
* Robert Morris University
* Muhlenberg College
* Among others
The Penn State - State College crowd failed to share Sandusky info even with the two Penn State satellite campus A.D.s.
the “Second Mile” is still panhandling money from the public
I’m surprised the lawyers haven’t grabbed their bank accounts
the “Second Mile” is still panhandling money from the public
I’m surprised the lawyers haven’t grabbed their bank accounts
There is the distinct threat of physical harm in one victim’s account. He was deathly afraid of Sandusky.
Ray Gricar’s mysterious disappearance is more than troubling.
Are there any reports of missing boys in PA during the past 30 years? Might be worth investigating.
And the DA disappeared.
We’re only at the beginning here. Kiddie sex rings involve many participants. Clear the power of Paterno kept this quiet and swept under the rug.
Civil suits to follow.
End of season isn’t enough. Paterno needs to be fired. NOW.
The students marching to protect an enabler of a child sex abuser are pathetic. Forfeit the season. There are some things more important than football.
I just found this site for missing persons in Pennsylvania.
Note the number of young boys in the age range from 8 to 14.
The good news is Americans can still be outraged over man boy sex. Not something you can take for granted anymore. In fact I expect some defenders of this pig will be showing up pretty soon.
Courtney is the Second Mile Attorney.
Courtney is the PSU Attorney.
“The good news is Americans can still be outraged over man boy sex. Not something you can take for granted anymore.”
My thoughts exactly.
If there is ANYTHING positive to come out of this episode in elitism and criminal perversion, it is that realization.
JoePa told the head of PSU about it, but it brought down a LEGEND!! I’m sorry for the boys, but PSU should have done something before when JoePa told them.
Well, fan is short for fanatic. Took 50 years but now we know Paterno is a man who can stand by and let children get raped.
All it takes for evil to win is for good men to do nothing. Paterno did nothing and children’s lives were ruined. I’d be more worried about how he can live with himself rather than his precious reputation.
first, the PSU board needs to haul Joe in and demand an explanation for his enabling this monster to continue assualting boys...if Joe can't give a good answer, then he needs to be dismissed on the spot. Paterno is still acting like an ass, like he's calling the shots and will retire on his time-table. The PSU board can't be so stupid as to let him get away with it.
I am just wondering if Gricar was ordered to wipe his computer drive clean and turn it over
man oh man and they call this place “Happy Valley”
However, if you want to watch boy-boy sex, just tune into the teenage hit show “Glee” on primetime TV this week
Well, did JoePa's responsibility "end" at the point of telling his superiors?
Most say "no."
It's kind of like what FREEPER poster forthedeclaration said earlier in the thread: Had a murder occurred, would it have been 'enough' to pass on an eyewitness report to his superiors about it?
Or __________ (fill-in-the-blank re: any felony)
This, of all the felonies, where pedophiles will re-abuse his victims, should have been alarms going off, sirens flashing and blaring, etc.
At some point, follow-THRU was needed.
This approach you hint upon -- a sort of "I'll do the bare minimum legal approach" to ethics is pathetic, horrific, repulsive and sickening when you consider the context of these crimes.
Correction: I said forthedeclaration’s “earlier post in the thread”...’twas actually another thread going on.
Well, the homosexuals already claimed "gay"...the only similar euphemism left for the State College ring of pedophiles was "happy"...hence, the mythic narrative of how it came to be "Happy Valley"
I am waiting for this McQueary person, or his daddy to make a statement explaining why McQueary is not a stinking coward.
Yeah, I have heard, “poor 28 year old graduate assistant”, blah blah. Why isn’t he talking? What is his position on all this? He walked by and saw a 60 year old man in a shower with a 10 year old boy and did nothing except call his daddy and leave?